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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JOHN C. PEMBERTON, farmer; P. O. Laura; born in this county in the year 1811; is a son of Isaiah and Elizabeth (Elleman) Pemberton; his father was born in South Carolina in the year 1790, and came, with his widowed mother, to Ohio in a very early day; she purchased 240 acres of land, on which she settled her sons, and resided in the home of her adoption till her decease, which occurred when at an advanced age. On the land his mother gave him, Isaiah lived till his death. He was married to Elizabeth Elleman, by whom he had fourteen children, of whom five are living, viz., Isaac, John, Joseph, Rhoda and Elizabeth; the deceased are Temperance, Enos, Margaret, Hannah, David, Hettie, Susanna, Isaiah and Luana. Isaiah, Sr., departed this life in 1862; his wife, Elizabeth, died in 1861, and was born in 1795. John was reared on his father’s farm, where he lived until his 20th year, at which time, in 1830, he was married to Susanna Coppock, by whom he had eight children, five of whom are living, viz., William, Martha, Isaiah, Betsy and Susanna; the deceased are Moses, Rebecca and Ann. Moses was a member of Co. B, 110th O. V. I., but only served three or four months, when he took the measles and soon after died, aged 21 years; his father had his remains removed to Union Cemetery, where they were interred beside his mother and grandfather. Mrs. Pemberton departed this life in 1846, aged 35 years. His second marriage was celebrated in 1848, with Sarah Allison, a daughter of James and Sarah Allison, who were born in Pennsylvania; her father died in his native State; her mother with her family came to Ohio, but only lived nine months after her arrival, and is interred in the West Branch Cemetery; they were the parents of fourteen children, seven of whom are living, viz., Elizabeth, Sarah, Thomas, Benjamin, James, Rebecca and Priscilla; the deceased are Jonathan, Andrew, Ann, Caleb, John, and two in infancy. After his first marriage, he settled on land belonging to his father, on which he lived a couple of years, then purchased 80 acres of land where he now resides, and on which he has lived since. He has assisted his children to good homes, and yet owns 60 acres of good land. He was reared in the Friends’ Church, from which he has never strayed, and is an exemplary member of the church from whose people came the first notes of the Gospel in this locality, in a day when churches were unknown; the woods and each other’s cabins were the shrines in which they worshiped. His son Isaiah was born in 1838, and was reared on his father’s farm. He was married in 1859 to Dorcas Coate, born in 1838, and a daughter of B. J. and Mary Coate, who were natives of Miami Co.; Mr. C. died in 1870, aged 57 years; they were the parents of twelve children, eleven of whom are living. Mr. and Mrs. Pemberton are the parents of ten children, seven of whom are living, viz., Mary E., Aaron E., Sarah E., Rosella, Fanny, John and Levi E.; three died in infancy. Mr. Pemberton owns 90 acres of good land, which is well cultivated and improved. He and his wife are members of the Friends’ Church.

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This family biography is one of 964 biographies included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Miami County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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